Today is #MaxFunDay!

I’m proud to be the owner of Our shows are owned by their creators, given to all without restriction, and supported by folks like you, who pay for them voluntarily. Your support helps us grow and refine our shows, pay our people and turn down gross ads.

Today, we’re launching our first ever one-day pledge drive, #MaxFunDay. Our goal is 1000 new donors, so we can pay all of our podcasters, and especially the new shows we’ve added to the network in the last year. We’ve got a ton of bonus episodes that are just for donors. In addition, for every new donor at the $10/month, we’re helping the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank give 20 meals to people in need this winter.

Most of our hosts are participating in video chats and Reddit AMAs today, and we’ll be tweeting, Tumbling and Facebooking up a storm. All the info is at

If you’re not a donor, please give. If you are, please help spread the word. Tag your tweets #MaxFunDay, your Tumblr posts MaxFunDay, and share on Facebook. It makes an enormous difference.

Jordan, Jesse, Go!
    Two friends from college trap an unsuspecting guest in a nightmare recording box somewhere in Los Angeles. Everyone has a lovely time.
    That’s about it. A simple formula that leads to some major happiness.
    And they’ve had missteps, of course. They’ve unknowingly offended some people, they’ve been insensitive, they’ve mistakenly said that certain baseball players are retired. But they’re kind enough to apologize for it or leave it in the past rather than drag it out.
    And they’re also not afraid to go to some deeper places. One episode (I believe it was “Bone Manor” with Maria Thayer,) included more than a half hour examining the fears and dreams of the boys as creators (I think Maria gets a word in as well). We learn a lot about career disappointments, uncomfortable encounters, creative exploits gone well and the joys of becoming an adult.
    And there’s always a dick joke. Always.
    It’s also a show that cares a lot about its listeners. There are momentous occasions, when listeners call in when something great happens to them that they just need to share with someone. These guys helped raise $3000 so a Canadian Pentathlete could afford a new laser gun for the olympics! And then they all went to the Olympics together! And the follow up interview (in Ep 244, “Hashtag Friend Zone with Jason Mantzoukas”) is super fascinating!
    I once read a review of this show that summed it up perfectly. Now, I can’t find the review, so I’ll sum up the review: JJGO is the sound of two men growing up. The silly, profane sound of growing up. It makes me want to keep trying to create. It makes me want to go hang out with my friends. God help us all, it kind of makes me want a baby someday.
    Oh, you better run. Put some JJGo on your iPod first. Olympians train that way, you know.

“When we did MaxFunCon for the first time, I knew we’d get some great comedians and teach some great classes, and I figured that people would like our performances. But the part I didn’t realize–and what turned out to be the most important part–was people’s relationships with each other. That was absolutely the essential, central characteristic of it. Rather than going to a music festival, it’s the interchange, it’s the feeling of being in a community rather than in a binary relationship that really comes from having a network rather than simply having a show.”

- Jesse Thorn (x) 

It’s MaxFunDay and you should support Maximum Fun!

#MaxFunDay 2012

It’s been a very long time since I owned a TV.  In the good ol’ days, that meant that nearly all of my entertainment and news came straight out of the radio, in my case, WNYC.  (I’m talking like, the pre-Hulu, pre-Netflix streaming days, if you can recall such a thing.) I downloaded episodes of This American Life via Audible.  My options were … limited. Some nights, I found myself listening to Danny Stiles, despite my irrational hatred for him. I call these “the dark ages.”

Then, sometime around 2007, I decided to check out after hearing The Sound of Young America on WNYC. I listened to Jordan, Jesse, Go! It was really weird and goofy, but hell, it was still better than listening to Danny Stiles.

Since then, I’ve watched in awe as Jesse Thorn has grown his old college radio show into a new media empire. I’ve watched The Sound of Young America evolve into the excellent Bullseye. I never miss an episode of Jordan, Jesse, Go! I’m thrilled with the new programming he continues to add, most recently The Memory Palace and RISK! And, I can feel satisfied that I too, am a part of this community via my monthly contributions.

But today is #MxFunDay, and Jesse Thorn doesn’t care about my money today, he cares about inspiring 1,000 new listeners to become contributors. So if you listen to even one MaxFun program, just that one time and you didn’t think it was terrible, I’m asking you to  give. Because when you give, you give artists and creatives the opportunity to take risks and try something new. Also, when you join today, MaxFun will donate meals to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank for every new member. Come on, don’t make me Ira Glass guilt trip you here.

But #MaxFunDay is bigger than me, and bigger than Jesse Thorn, and bigger even than all the sexual things I’d like to do to Jordan Morris’s springy locks; this is about you and your commitment to independent media. Even if you are not a member of MaxFun Nation, please take a moment today to consider all of the independent media you consume and whether you are doing what you can to support the people who make the things you love.

Here’s the link again to become a member of Maximum Fun: Join

Stop Podcasting Yourself
    Ever wonder what humor is like in Canada? Turns out, it’s a lot like humor in the US, just pronounced slightly differently. It’s also a bit gentler, though no less ridiculous.
    This is a more structured “two hosts and a guest make funny for 90 minutes” podcast. And by structured, I mean there is no excuse for not wandering down a funny path every few minutes. But there are segments: “Get to Know Us” catches you up on everyone’s doings. And that generally takes awhile because there’s bound to be a ridiculous story or two in there that gets everybody going. Then there might be some sponsorship business to take care of. Then comes the wonderful mess that is “Overheards”– wait, sorry, it’s time for “Celebrity Birthdays”.
    No, shut up Dave. It’s time for “Hulk Hogan News”.
    (These are just segments from recent episodes, mind you. Their catalog is more than 200 episodes strong and I’m only just digging in now. Segments might be skipped, and the ones rotated in are one-shots and, in one memorable case, Dave babbling almost incoherently for five minutes. “Get to Know Us” and “Overheards” are probably the only permanent ones).
    "Overheards" is really the signature segment of the show. Guests share theirs, hosts share theirs, and then listeners call or write in theirs. If you can’t guess what “Overheards” means…look, man, I just can’t help you. How long have you been on the internet?
    This show is on the positive side whenever it can be. The hosts are sweet, funny guys who clearly put their guests at ease. It’s like an aurora borealis for you ears, maybe. I’ve never seen it before. Do they have that in Vancouver or is it too far south? Whatever. Metaphor stays.
    Also, the Hulk Hogan news theme has the unique ability to calm unhappy babies (video evidence). AND, Graham paints with his beard for charity. You can’t argue with that, folks.




My Brother, My Brother and Me
    “The McElroy brothers are not experts, and their advice should never be followed.”
    But that’s no reason not to listen to three brothers, separated by geography and united in Skypeland, dole out advice to question seekers ‘round the globe. Both those who are looking for guidance (in the form of listener submitted questions) and those who don’t know that their ignorance or nuttiness is being mocked (in the form of Yahoo! Answers).
    The listener submitted questions can actually yield some good. Somewhere between the initial reactions to the question and the goofs, there’s some decent advice. There’s some stuff that’s straight from the heart that will catch you totally off guard. And then they’ll make some horse related joke and go right back on track.
    You can’t keep these guys from a good horse joke.
    Yahoos, on the other hand, need only a lot of preposterous answers. Like, trains of thought you could never imagine and have a lot of difficulty following. But if ever a question deserved that sort of answer, it’s one asked to Yahoo! users.
    They will go off on tangents. They will use funny voices. They will make references to things that you just barely remember. And, combined into one think-tank, they can conjure up some things that David Lynch wouldn’t touch. And yet, you may walk away from each episode a better person than you were before.
    But you probably shouldn’t count on that.
    Now, these boys have spoiled us all with a lovely sampler, so I don’t need to bother thinking of highlights. It’s 13 minutes of goofy bliss from their early episodes. If you follow the link onto YouTube, you’ll find even more highlights from their more recent archives. Enjoy the madness.